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People Watch

Appointments, Promotions and Newsmakers
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J.B. Milliken is expected to earn $270,000 annually as the next president of the University of Nebraska. In a search that went to a dead heat in its final stages, the regents picked Milliken over Peter Hoff, president of the University of Maine, and two other candidates because of his ties to the state. Milliken, who has spent the last six years as vice president of the University of North Carolina, is a native of Fremont, NE, and a graduate of the UN-Lincoln...

Regents for the University of Utah also have decided to select a president with local ties, picking Michael Young, a man who grew up in Provo, to be its next leader. Young most recently served as dean of the George Washington University Law School (DC)...

Horace Mitchell will be the next president of California State University Bakersfield. He has been vice chancellor for business and administrative services at the University of California Berkeley...

Virginia Union University, which once laid off Belinda Anderson to save money, has named her to be its first woman president. The historically black college was reportedly $1 million in the red in 2002, when it laid off Anderson and 14 others. She returned in 2003 as interim president and has since worked to cut costs...

Stephen Sweeny has been reappointed president of the College of New Rochelle (NY). His new contract places him at the helm of the IHE until 2009...

David Gray will be CEO of UMassOnline, the growing division of the University of Massachusetts that was started in 2001. Gray, who has had been acting as interim CEO, was once the vice chancellor for information technology at the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education...

Meanwhile, Jo Ann Gora has decided to leave her position as chancellor of the University of Massachusetts Boston to be president of Ball State University (IN)...

Robert Smith, who has been interim president of Slippery Rock University (PA) since December 2002, was assigned the post permanently after an executive committee conducted an 11-month nationwide search. Granted an "impressive pool" of candidates vied for the job, according to a prepared statement, but the search committee decided it was best to allow Smith to continue doing what he is doing, which is renovating and expanding the campus and working with other higher ed institutions on regional economic development. Smith is a past provost of Slippery Rock, as well...

Kerry Romesburg will leave the president's position at Nevada State College to become president of Jacksonville University (FL)...

Roderick McDavis, incoming president of Ohio University, says he wants to double the annual $54 million research budget to make OU a top-tier research institution. McDavis, also an OU alum, has been provost of Virginia Commonwealth University...

The City University of New York has picked Jeremy Travis, a former deputy police commissioner and a former law clerk to Ruth Bader Ginsburg, to be president of its John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Regina Peruggi has been named president of the system's Kingsborough Community College. She has been president of the Central Park Conservancy and is a former president of Marymount Manhattan College. Russell Hotzler, a former interim president of York and Queens College and CUNY's vice chancellor of academic programming, will be president of the New York City College of Technology...

Michael Westerfield will be the next president of Rochester College (MI) after having served as interim president. Westerfield was provost before serving in the top office...

Richard Storey is leaving Colorado College, where he has been dean of the college and faculty and served for 25 years, to be chancellor of the University of Montana-Western...

This month Rev. Dennis Holtschneider becomes president of DePaul University (IL), a Catholic college that enrolls 24,000 students. He has been executive vice president of Niagara University (NY)...

The University of St. Thomas (TX) has chosen Robert Ivany, a retired major general and commandant of the U.S. Army War College (PA), to be its next president...

Dennis Berkey becomes president of Worcester Polytechnic Institute (MA) this month. He has been provost of Boston University.

James Hefner chose to announce his retirement from Tennessee State University at this year's commencement. He told the crowd that he will step down next May, after what will be his 14th year in office. Observers note that Hefner may be leaving before being forced out by critics. In April, the TSU Foundation auditors reported that Hefner handed out $2.6 million in student scholarships over the years, even though such gifts created deficits. In a separate investigation, a different team of auditors said Hefner lied about accepting tickets to the Super Bowl from a food service vendor that has a contract with Tennessee State.

--Jean Marie Angelo


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